Hilary Parker

iTunesU and Your Next Big Thing

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2012 at 9:00 am


Anyone else hooked on iTunesU? The Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminars alone are beyond amazing. This is a flying car… being able to listen to world-class ideas with the push of a button, anytime and anywhere you want.

And having found a home in the irreverent, big-think world of startups, I’m reading more and more about the future of the Internet and our evolution from sharing information to sharing wisdom. At last, 2012 is starting to resemble the future I imagined when I was a kid. Good stuff.

What can you find on iTunesU? What do you have to share? What’s your next big thing?


Woot! Another day, another satisfied client!

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

It was a Monday of deadlines. Then Solvate.com hooked me up with a surprise new client today. I turned around a rush job for him after hours in hopes of impressing him, and it worked!

“Well, all I can say is ‘Thank you, my new friend!’ I love it. You will be hearing from me again for sure. Look forward to getting the invoice.”

How’s that for a nice cap to my day?


Finally: “When You Get a Chance” Month begins!

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2011 at 11:51 am

It’s when this blog goes quiet that you know I’m rolling my rock, Sisyphus-style, up the deadline hill.

Between doing PR work for this amazing company, writing features for this awesome industry magazine and pitching new services to existing clients like this fantastic company, I’ve had very little time for blogging. But that’s about to end, as December is clean-up month here at Bullpen Communications.

This is the month I long for all year long — a chance to catch up on the bits and pieces of middle- and lower-priority items for my clients. This is “when you get a chance” month. And it’s amazing. You might think, as I initially did, that this month would be a lower earning month or that it would be a bit piecemeal in terms of artistic work, but nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, I do some of my best work in December. And in talking with some of my freelance cohorts, I find that is true for them, as well. Their “when you get a chance” month might be July, or September, but everyone has one. And they’re glorious.

The challenge, of course, is to stay motivated throughout this month. I keep focused using three tools: music (mostly “that noise the kids are listening to now”), the knowledge that Christmas bills are coming and the idea that if I can get all of these odds and ends tied up, I can start fresh next year. So I’m grateful that my cleanup month is, in fact, December.

But back during my Cheese Market News days, April was the big deadline push month and May was our  chance to clean up. And it worked then, too. The most important thing is to have a month, regardless of when it is.

When is your “when you get a chance” month, and how do you put it to good use? Let’s exchange ideas in the comment section!